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Priyadarshini’s father seeks retrial – the RTI applications

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 19, 2006

Priyadarshini’s father seeks retrial – the RTI applications



Anasuya Roy

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006 (New Delhi):

Encouraged by public anger and the RTI applications, Chaman Lal Mattoo, Priyadarshini Mattoo’s father, has come out in open and demanded a retrial for the murder of his daughter.

He has also asked the CBI to take a fresh look at all the evidence.

Priyadarshini Mattoo, a third-year law student, was raped and strangled to death in the bedroom of her South Delhi flat on January 23, 1996.

For ten and a half years Chaman Lal Mattoo has been let down by the system. However, now he has gone directly to the people with a one-point agenda.

“I want a retrial in the case,” said Chaman Lal Mattoo.

The man originally accused of murdering his daughter was acquitted even though the judge hearing the case said that, “though I know he is the man who committed the crime, I acquit him, giving him the benefit of doubt.”

Since then, Chaman Lal Mattoo has watched in relative silence as this decision was appealed in court.

In the six years thereafter, the case has been not been heard. In 2002, the CBI appealed in the high court for a speedy trial.

After the Jessica Lall acquittal, the sheer force of public opinion that emerged convinced the 70-year-old father of Priyadarshini to push for justice for his daughter.

Public support

At his side are a group of young people, most of whom were children when Priyadarshini was murdered, who now stand at the forefront of this new movement.

They’ve already used the Right to Information Act to ask for documents that will show how the investigation was mishandled the first time around.

“We feel it is a cause that one should speak up for,” said Aditya Raj, Justice for Priyadarshini.

The group are fighting for justice for Priyadarshini and have one simple appeal that if you believe and want to support their cause, join them in their rally at India Gate on July 23 – the day Priyadarshini would have turned 34 had she been alive.


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